Saturday, April 18, 2015

Forty Eight

 I still love warping with counting threads. It makes everything so much easier.

I'm also still fond of rolling the warp rather than chaining. I'm all about keeping tangles at bay.

 What I'm not crazy about was having to add the single white contrast threads one by one because I couldn't figure out how to warp it along with the other threads. Thank goodness there were only forty eight.

The problem now is that I want to leave it this way. This is the prettiest warp ever. I just don't want to wind it on.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Trip to the Island

 I've got another FO. The Seychelles shawl is finished.

 It went out in the sun to block. The weather has been perfect for drying things. I wish I had a clothesline.

It's hard to show how pretty this pattern is.

 It is the easiest lace shawl I have ever made-and I've made a lot.

 It looks like a very complicated pattern but it is ridiculously simple. I didn't even have to use a single stitch marker. I usually use hundreds.

 It's hard to believe this pretty little thing.....

 ....started out like this only a year ago.

It just goes to show you that little bits of spinning here and there can really add up.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stick a Fork In It

The Galliano vest is a done deal.

I hated the armhole edging so after blocking, I ripped it out. It really doesn't need any since it's still too wide in the shoulders.

 Here are the official mug shots. Back.

 Lace hem.


I was a bit meh about the whole thing until I remembered it started out looking like this....

 ....and then this. I keep thinking that this yarn could have been put to better use with a pattern more suited for wonky handspun. Oh, well. You can't win them all.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 All of a sudden things are coming alive. The hostas (or deer snacks as we like to call them) are emerging inches a day now.

 If you look closely right in the middle you can see the first of the hydrangia buds. We had no blooms last year due to the cold winter so I'm anxious to see how they made it through this year's arctic temps.

 The dark pink camellia is full of buds and a few early blooms.

The light pink camellias have really put on a show. The bush itself is a little bent and spindly after the harsh winter but the flowers don't seem to care.

Last but not least, these mounds of yellow blooms are popping up everywhere. I'm not sure what they are but I look forward to seeing them return every year.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sixty One

Daughter's wedding dress fitting at Kleinfelds in 2011 
 The Mister and I are getting old. He turns 61 today. I beat him to it back in December. Ouch.

Father/Daughter dance
 I went through my Google photos and found some random oldies of him.

Mardi Gras margarita
There are lots of photos where he's having a drink. Hmmm.....

Christmas on the Bay
He hasn't plunged in a few years but I wouldn't put it past him to do it again some day.

Sleighriding in February
 He's put his old post office gear to good use. He's been retired for four years now. Same as me.

St Patrick's Day 2015
 Hmmm....more drinks. It's what us retired people do.

Last week
Then since last fall, there has been the relentless building of stuff for Daughter's ice skating team. I couldn't have done any of it without him.

Last Sunday 
He spends his days moving one pile of lawn junk to a bigger pile of lawn junk.

As you can see, we have a lot of places he can move piles of stuff to. It doesn't make any sense to me but it gets him out of the house.

2104 Field trip to Homestead Gardens 
Happy birthday you old fool! Let's go have some drinks......

Monday, April 13, 2015

Four Months

 This better be the last thumb update I have to write. It's been 120 days now. I don't think I can stand much more. The last few weeks have been the worst. I can't wait to wash my hair again. Try washing yours with one hand-your left hand for four months and see what you end up looking like.

The damaged nail has now grown out to almost the bitter end but it's hanging on for dear life. I can't use bandaids alone anymore because they stick and pull so I have to cover it with this pricey elastic tape first for protection.

Then I have to cover it with two bandaids so that it all stays in place. Any sliding or rubbing causes a lot of pain. Think the biggest hangnail you have ever had across the entire top of your nail then multiply it by 100.

All of that still has to have protection from any bumps or snags. Sleeping has been fun. I can be careful when I am awake but asleep...not so much. I wake up whenever it gets in a bad place which is several times a night. Yawn.

My soft little foamy things are a comfort when things get rough. I hate to say it but the peek I've had at the new nail coming in shows that it is also badly deformed so this may become a permanent eyesore. I'll just be happy if the pain goes away. If it doesn't,  I'm shopping around for a thumb transplant.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Unfinished Business

 If you thought my scenery building was done, think again.

 The Mister and I have been knee deep in seven foot tall lamp posts made of heavy duty cardboard for a week now.

 Each one takes at least two days to put together and we are talking 5 and 6 hour days.

Thank goodness there are only two to assemble.

Now I have to figure out how to get these monsters in the car and into the ice rink this afternoon.